Finding affordable, accessible, and safe housing has been a challenge for residents of Saanich North and the Islands.
The issue is top of mind for many across the riding. Whether you live on the Saanich Peninsula or in the Southern Gulf Islands, a lack of housing and overall affordability is challenging the sustainability of our communities. It is a major barrier for businesses looking for employees and for communities looking for service workers. On Salt Spring Island the lack of housing is acute!
During the 2017 provincial election housing was the number one issue in every community I visited. People demanded action. Since the election, the BC NDP government has proposed controversial tax measures in an attempt to address housing affordability. The proposals are confusing as has been the roll-out.
In addition to the tax measures, the provincial government has begun an aggressive program of increasing the supply of affordable housing units, changed legislation for renters and landlords, and undertaken an extensive consultation on rental housing.
Our first Community Dialogue was on housing and we thought that so much had happened in the first year that we needed to circle back around and continue the conversation. With new legislation on the tax measures coming in the Fall legislative session, this will be an excellent opportunity to connect with your provincial representative to provide your feedback, advice, and input on the important decisions coming in the next few months.